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Lack of ethnic diversity in games is "terrible" - Brink writer

OXM UK: "Brink's broad range of character types is an attempt to rectify a "terrible" developer tendency to model characters after their own ethnic origins, according to Splash Damage writer Ed Stern."

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trainsinrdr2608d ago

Brink sucked so this guys opinion means nothing to me.

dirigiblebill2608d ago

Yeah, your dislike for his game entirely justifies turning a blind eye to the fact that the vast majority of videogame protagonists are white.

Ares842608d ago

It is true that many main characters are white males but you can't deny the fact that there are some great main characters who aren't white. For example: GTA:SA, Tenchu, Crackdown, Riddick, Any NFL or NBA game, Afro Samurai, Just cause 2 and 1Shadow Man and you also got some cool characters in fighting games and most of them aren't even remotely white, like from Tekken and Street Fighter.

I don't know why people keep complaining.

lastdual2608d ago (Edited 2608d ago )

That most game protagonists are white (or Japanese, etc.) simply reflects who is making the games.

If you had more games produced in Africa or the Middle East, you'd likewise have more protagonists representing those races.

Honestly, I find this "terrible" situation a little absurd. No one complains that most Asian-developed games have Asian protagonists. Why the double standard?

MaxXAttaxX2608d ago (Edited 2608d ago )

Well said.

BabyTownFrolics2608d ago

why is it then that most Asian protagonists in Asian games look white and not Asian.

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Septic2608d ago

nothing to rest of the educated world.

On point, I agree with Ed- we need more diversity and hopefully, not diversity for diversity's sake.

Get beyond the whole Middle Eastern players= terrorists, Russians = Evil opportunists and America is dominate mentality.

VanguardOfCalamity2608d ago (Edited 2608d ago )

I would ask what form of entertainment doesn't do the same - You don't see Spike Lee out there making white movies (ok maybe 25th Hour) But I think in this sue happy society where you have to be P.C. with every word you speak - Any game made that sterotypes another race either directly or indirectly ONLY becomes a story if the ones who made that particular game aren't predominately that color.

- just a thought (maybe a dumb one)

ThePhuq2608d ago

Brinks total list of dialogue could fit on one piece of paper.

EazyC2608d ago

He got paid somewhere in the millions, and has won hundreds of script awards since.

EazyC2608d ago

Isn't it kind of ironic and hypocritical of them talking about limited character diversity, when in Brink there is no option to play as a female?-something which instantly alienates female gamers.

dirigiblebill2608d ago

Good point. I think it was a resources problem, but even so.

EazyC2608d ago (Edited 2608d ago )

I know, I think I heard that somewhere before. I only raised the point as they don't hesitate to critisize other devs, whereas they aren't so golden themselves.

"People who live in glass houses", etc.!

Venjense2608d ago

American/western media is all very white-centric, it almost seems like white propaganda sometimes.

I have nothing against white people but every main hero and hottest girl is alwas white in almost every movie, tv show and game and every non-white is a manifestation of an exaggerated cultural stereotype.

madjedi2608d ago (Edited 2608d ago )

White propaganda, -_- another one of these types joy. Then watch bet, or other dedicated to minority network shows, if white america's media is so horrible to your eyes.

And how many characters in general aren't a stereotype, i'll not claim your wrong entirely but the way your stating it, doesn't fall too short of racism or prejudice against white people/culture.

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